AMD Introduces the World's Most Advanced x86 Processor, Designed for the Demanding Datacenter



    Quad-Core AMD Opteron(TM) Processors Deliver Breakthrough
Performance-Per-Watt

    SUNNYVALE, CALIF., September 10 /CNW/ - AMD (NYSE:   AMD) today introduced
the Quad-Core AMD Opteron(TM) processor, the world's most advanced x86
processor ever designed and manufactured and the first native x86 quad-core
microprocessor. Designed from inception for the most demanding datacenters,
Quad-Core AMD Opteron processor-based servers from global OEMs and system
builders can deliver breakthrough capabilities to customers in a time of
dramatically escalating performance-per-watt emphasis.

    Quad-Core AMD Opteron processors with AMD's revolutionary Direct Connect
Architecture introduce innovations that go beyond four x86 processing cores on
a single die of silicon. Critical considerations for today's most challenging
business requirements inspired Quad-Core AMD Opteron processor innovations:
energy efficiency with a 50 percent increase in integer and floating-point
performance,(1) enhanced virtualization performance, and investment protection
via a customer-centric approach enabling non-disruptive transitions from dual-
to quad-core within the same power and thermal envelopes to help keep
infrastructure costs down.

    "Today marks one of the great milestones in microprocessor achievement as
AMD again raises expectations for industry-standard computing," said Hector
Ruiz, chairman and chief executive officer, AMD. "We've worked closely with
our customers and partners to design a new generation of processing solutions
embodied by today's Quad-Core AMD Opteron processor - a four-way winner in
performance, energy efficiency, virtualization and investment protection.
Early customer response has been extremely positive."

    Quad-Core AMD Opteron processor-based systems from global OEM and
system-builder partners begin shipping this month and are expected to increase
in number through the remainder of the year. AMD Phenom(TM) processor
solutions, which will leverage many of the same benefits of this innovative,
next-generation architecture, are expected to be available for the desktop
market in December. Due in part to the industry's most stable x86 server
platform, more than 50 socket compatible Quad-Core AMD Opteron processor-ready
system choices are on the market today from tier one OEMs, all of whom are
publicly supporting today's introduction.

    "Today more customers choose ProLiant for their AMD processor-based
server blades than any other vendor by a factor of more than 2 to 1. HP offers
customers a broad portfolio built on innovative designs to address customer
needs in the areas of power, virtualization and cost," said Paul Miller, vice
president, marketing, enterprise storage and servers, HP. "With today's launch
of Quad-Core AMD Opteron processors, we can help customers bring new levels of
efficiency to their infrastructure as we broaden our AMD Opteron
processor-based family of servers."

    "Sun is thrilled about the introduction of Quad-Core AMD Opteron
processors. Incorporating Sun's innovative design principles that enable
stunning scalability and industry-leading performance-per-watt, our upcoming
Quad-Core AMD Opteron processor-based servers and workstations will only
accelerate the momentum Sun is experiencing in its x64 business," said John
Fowler, executive vice president of Sun Microsystems' Systems Group. "With so
much pent-up demand for the scalability of native quad-core processing, Sun
believes there will be rapid, widespread adoption of Quad-Core AMD Opteron
processor-based systems. We applaud AMD for yet another technological
breakthrough, and are excited to continue to grow our alliance."

    "Dell and AMD share a commitment to delivering industry-leading
performance, performance-per-watt, and the most energy-efficient product
designs to help our customers focus on driving their business forward," said
Brad Anderson, senior vice president, Dell Product Group. "Dell's ability to
seamlessly deliver the benefits of AMD's Dual Dynamic Power Management
technology means our customers can get more today and for future growth in the
AMD processor-powered Dell PowerEdge 2970 and Energy Smart 2970."

    "IBM was the first global OEM to support AMD Opteron processors in 2003.
Today our relationship is delivering powerful and energy-efficient business
performance computing solutions" said James Gargan, vice president, Brand
Management System x & BladeCenter, IBM. "Our x86 systems feature IBM's
X-Architecture innovation, such as Xcelerated Memory Technology, to help
optimize Quad-Core AMD Opteron processor capabilities for peak system
performance. We look forward to bringing new products to market with AMD later
this year to help strengthen IBM's position as the world's top server
vendor(2)."

    Systems based on Quad-Core AMD Opteron processors are also being
announced today by a host of other manufacturers, including Appro, Egenera,
Gateway, Rackable Systems, Supermicro and Verari.

    Additionally, AMD is providing the channel with a tremendous opportunity
to be able to offer their customers Quad-Core AMD Opteron processor-based
solutions very soon after launch. AMD Validated Server Program platforms are
available today through distribution, empowering channel partners with the
opportunity to be early to market with solutions.

    AMD introduces Average CPU Power (ACP)

    AMD also today introduced the Average CPU Power (ACP) metric, which
represents processor power usage, including cores, integrated memory
controller, and HyperTransport(TM) technology links, while running a suite of
typical and relevant commercially useful high utilization workloads to be more
indicative of the power consumption that end-users can expect. ACP is a useful
metric for data center operators when estimating power budgets to size their
datacenters. AMD will continue to provide thermal design power (TDP)
specifications to platform designers in AMD power and thermal datasheets.

    AMD is introducing Quad-Core AMD Opteron processors today at the 55- and
75-watt ACP. For system designers, AMD will continue to state its TDP
specifications.

    New Standard in Energy Efficiency

    As datacenters in the U.S. face the potential of doubling their energy
consumption by 2011(3) , new Quad-Core AMD Opteron processors introduce the
world's most energy-efficient x86 architecture, bolstered by a variety of new
power-saving technologies, including:

    --  AMD CoolCore(TM) Technology, for reducing energy consumption by
turning off unused parts of the processor;

    --  Independent Dynamic Core Technology, an enhancement to AMD
PowerNow!(TM) technology, allowing each core to vary its clock frequency
depending on the specific performance requirement of the applications it is
supporting; and

    --  Dual Dynamic Power Management (DDPM), which provides an independent
power supply to the cores and to the memory controller, allowing the cores and
memory controllers to operate on different voltages, determined by usage. DDPM
is available in most Quad-Core AMD Opteron processor-based platforms being
introduced today.

    "Microsoft and AMD are working together to drive innovation, performance
and energy efficiency across the datacenters and development environments,"
said Bill Laing, general manager of Windows Server Division at Microsoft Corp.
"With 64-bit multi-core technology, Direct Connect Architecture and built-in
virtualization, AMD Opteron processors continue to provide Microsoft Windows
customers with an innovative platform. Looking ahead, we believe Windows
Server 2008, SQL Server 2008 and Visual Studio 2008 running with Quad-Core AMD
Opteron processors will provide a compelling development and deployment
platform to drive customers' dynamic IT environments."

    Optimal Virtualization Performance

    Datacenters depend on virtualization software as an essential tool to
consolidate server workloads, operate more securely, and enable disaster
recovery. Quad-Core AMD Opteron processors with Direct Connect Architecture
excel in virtualized environments because of the integrated memory
controller(4) for reduced memory latency, and Rapid Virtualization Indexing, a
new AMD innovation in AMD Virtualization(TM) technology designed to reduce the
overhead associated with software virtualization. Rapid Virtualization
Indexing takes functionality that was previously performed in software and
greatly accelerates it by performing those functions within the CPU to help
enable near-real time application performance.

    Investment Protection

    Quad-Core AMD Opteron processors maintain compatibility with the socket
and thermal envelopes of Second-Generation AMD Opteron processors to enable a
seamless customer upgrade path. AMD's common core strategy empowers customers
to scale with one AMD architecture to reduce platform management complexity
and increase datacenter uptime and productivity.

    Outstanding Performance

    Continuing the legacy of the AMD Opteron processor family, Quad-Core AMD
Opteron processors introduce several new ground-breaking technologies enabling
impressive results across a suite of benchmarks. Within comparable thermal
bands, Quad-Core AMD Opteron processors outperform the competition on several
industry-standard benchmarks including: SPECfp(R)_rate2006, SPEC(R)int_2006,
SPECompM(R)2001Base, STREAM, Fluent and LS-DYNA. For more details on the
performance of Quad-Core AMD Opteron processors, please visit
http://www.amd.com/opteronperformance.

    Visit AMD on the Web

    For more information on the Quad-Core AMD Opteron processor including
FAQs, development tools, online press kits and other general information,
please visit http://multicore.amd.com. Quad-Core AMD Opteron processor pricing
can be found at http://www.amd.com/pricing.

    About AMD

    Advanced Micro Devices (NYSE:   AMD) is a leading global provider of
innovative processing solutions in the computing, graphics and consumer
electronics markets. AMD is dedicated to driving open innovation, choice and
industry growth by delivering superior customer-centric solutions that empower
consumers and businesses worldwide. For more information, visit www.amd.com.

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ended June 30, 2007.

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the Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation. HyperTransport is a licensed
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    Industry Support

    Absoft

    "The new Quad-Core AMD Opteron(TM) processor is exciting for our
customers because it is the first native quad-core solution on a single piece
of silicon. Further, the improved I/O, core and cache enhancements allow
higher performance while consuming less energy. This is exactly what Absoft
Fortran customers want for their HPC clusters and high performance
workstations. Absoft has been working with AMD to develop new AMD specific
optimizations for its latest Absoft Fortran compilers. These newest
optimizations show significant speed increases in several areas and will be
available to our customers soon. Absoft is committed to further expanding our
relationship with AMD and to continue providing our customers with the highest
performance available on AMD based computing systems." -Wood Lotz, President,
Absoft Corporation

    Advanced Clustering Technologies

    "We're very excited to see new technology entering the market that fills
the gap for many of our clients who require faster clock speeds as well as
high memory bandwidth. This advancement offered by AMD will take many of those
clients to the next level not only with regards to density, but with overall
cluster efficiency." -Shelly (Matthews) Kelley, Vice President of Sales,
Advanced Clustering Technologies

    Angstrom Microsystems

    "Angstrom's compute hungry customers are looking forward to deploying the
Quad-Core AMD Opteron(TM) processor. With our patent-pending cooling
technology, Angstrom offers 832 cores per rack, setting the mark for high
density liquid cooled AMD server solutions." -Lalit Jain, CEO, Angstrom
Microsystems

    ANSYS, Inc.

    "We are very excited by the performance of our simulation and modeling
software on the new Quad-Core AMD Opteron(TM) processor. Innovation based on
simulation is a fundamental part of the product design and development
process, and our customers require optimized performance on state-of-the-art
microprocessor technologies. Our collaboration with AMD allows us to fulfill
those expectations, as the performance metrics we've achieve clearly
demonstrate." -Jim Cashman, President and CEO, ANYSYS, Inc.

    Appro

    "Appro XtremeServers and workstations powered by AMD Opteron(TM)
processors represent a value proposition based on improved performance and
memory availability for traditional high-performance computing (HPC) and
commercial applications, while adding reliability and flexibility for our
end-users with peak performance and outstanding value. Quad-Core AMD
Opteron(TM) processors improve our server's value proposition through an
enhanced cache structure designed to boost performance and increase data and
efficiency handling, thereby reducing the latency of accessing main memory,
especially for compute-intensive multi-threaded applications. In addition, the
architecture drastically improves the memory and I/O latency for HPC customers
that are using 64-bit applications, and it helps 32-bit applications run
faster as well. In the end, the importance of AMD's native multi-core
architecture is vital for computational-intensive business productivity."
-John Lee, Vice President of Advanced Technology Solutions Group, Appro

    Arima

    "AMD's native quad-core architecture truly helps maximize the
price-performance equation. Arima develops server motherboard and barebone
products based on Quad-Core AMD Opteron(TM) processors because of our
confidence in the substantial benefit to our customers through improved
computation performance, bandwidth and performance-per-watt." -LC Tsai,
President, Server Business Unit, Arima

    ASA Computers, Inc.

    "Selecting the right hardware and software is complex; the wrong choice
can be quite expensive. That is why our customers come to us for help in
choosing the right components for their web, mail, storage or general purpose
servers. It's comforting to know that the innovative engineering of ASA
Computers matched with the exceptional performance-per-watt and computing
capabilities of Quad-Core AMD Opteron(TM) processors can deliver scalable
solutions for our customers now and in the future." -Arvind Bhargava, CEO, ASA
Computers, Inc.

    ASUS

    "The Quad-Core AMD Opteron(TM) processor offers significantly improved
performance and scalability, as well as performance-per-watt. We are confident
of taking full advantage of these benefits and providing high performance
server products to our customers with the new platform and dedicated ASUS
solution." -Jerry Shen, Vice President, ASUS

    Atipa Technologies

    "The convergence of server technology and processor performance will add
up to enormous opportunities for business in health care in the remote areas,
as well as data interchange and virtual education across a wide range of
industries. Information services are another area that can heavily leverage
the superior performance of Quad-Core AMD Opteron(TM) processors. Federal,
state and local governments are in desperate need of centralizing the control
of a balanced and efficient information database. This will enable them to
better embrace social concerns and problem-solving law enforcement and finally
build a world-class information network." -Dana Chang, Vice President, Atipa
Technologies

    Avnet

    "During Avnet's 35-year distribution relationship with AMD, we have
helped our channel partners be among the first to market with innovative
AMD-based solutions. Avnet is collaborating with global and regional original
equipment manufacturers (OEMs), systems builder and value-added reseller (VAR)
channel partners to prepare them for developing complete solutions based on
the new Quad-Core AMD Opteron(TM) processor. We are excited about the market
potential for the new processors, and are aligning Avnet's sales and marketing
efforts with AMD's to drive growth for channel partners in every region."
-George Condon, Senior Vice President, Avnet Embedded Solutions, Avnet
Technology Solutions

    Broadcom

    "We are pleased that AMD is launching its industry-defining native
quad-core microprocessors, Quad-Core AMD Opteron(TM) processors. Working
seamlessly with Broadcom's industry-leading server I/O chipsets, including the
HT-2100 that leverages AMD's Direct Connect Architecture for design
flexibility, Quad-Core AMD Opteron processors continue AMD's tradition of
energy efficiency, performance and virtualization leadership." -Sean Conlon,
General Manager, Chipset and Storage Infrastructure Line of Business, Broadcom

    Citrix

    "The new Quad-Core AMD Opteron(TM) processor will further enable our
customers to take full advantage of the high scalability - up to 500 users per
server in our x64 edition - offered by Citrix Presentation Server. The
Quad-Core AMD Opteron(TM) processor will provide increased server scalability
and performance benefits so customers can easily expand their application
delivery infrastructure to deliver more business applications to more users,
while providing greater security and business flexibility at much lower cost.
The savings in space, cooling and power make it a solid investment." -Scott
Herren, Group Vice President and General Manager, Virtualization Systems
Group, Citrix Systems

    Colfax International

    "Our commitment to support AMD Opteron(TM) processors allows us to
deliver innovative solutions that also meet our customers' increasing demands
for energy-efficient computing and investment protection. Our latest
collaboration with AMD has combined Colfax International's high-performing
solutions with the benefits of the industry's first native x86 quad-core
processor. Together with AMD, we are focused on providing innovative
technologies that matter most to our customers." -Mike Fay, Vice President,
Colfax International

    Cray Inc.

    "Our customers are already achieving breakthrough results with the Cray
XT4 system and quad-core technology will allow them to solve more complex
problems faster, doing more accurate simulations. The Cray XT4 system was
designed with quad-core performance in mind, and we have seen early examples
of excellent scalability and sustained performance with Quad-Core AMD
Opteron(TM) processors and our advanced Cray SeaStar(TM) interconnect network.
Quad-core will give new customers a big boost in performance and a substantial
total cost of ownership win. It will do the same for our current customers at
a low incremental cost, extending the useful life of their existing Cray XT3TM
and XT4 systems." -Peter Ungaro, President and CEO, Cray

    Egenera

    "The combination of AMD's unique Direct Connect Architecture with
Egenera's data center virtualization can deliver first-class performance and
memory capabilities for significant advantages in application performance.
AMD's native Quad-Core AMD Opteron(TM) processors place all four cores on a
single piece of silicon so data can move between cores at full speed for more
efficient data sharing, which we believe will help improve performance on
memory-intensive applications in virtualized environments. We're pleased to
further strengthen our collaboration with AMD to meet the requirements of our
enterprise customers by continuing to deliver highly available, cost effective
and scalable solutions." -Susan Davis, Vice President, Egenera

    Fujitsu Siemens Computers

    "In developing the Quad-Core AMD Opteron(TM) 2300 Series processors, AMD
has demonstrated forward thinking, not only about the upgrade path to simply
introduce the latest and greatest processor to help enable servers to run
faster, but the new processors are also innovative in their approach to energy
efficiency and virtualization capabilities. Overall, the Quad-Core AMD Opteron
processors ensure that Fujitsu Siemens Computers PRIMERY RX330 servers are
heavyweight performers for compute-intensive database and virtualization
applications in the data center today - and tomorrow." -Jens-Peter Seick,
Senior Vice President Enterprise Business, Fujitsu Siemens Computers

    Gateway

    "Our customers have been extremely pleased with our previous AMD
Opteron(TM) processor-based servers. Once again, AMD is bringing leading-edge
technology with significant benefits to our servers and, ultimately, our
customers." -Tim Diefenthaler, Senior Director, Professional Product
Management, Gateway

    GIGABYTE

    "The Quad-Core AMD Opteron(TM) processor enhances existing
performance-per-watt capabilities with innovative power management
capabilities, and helps increase performance and efficiency of x86
virtualization solutions with enhanced AMD Virtualization(TM) technology.
GIGABYTE is happy to collaborate with AMD to offer server solutions powered by
the Quad-Core AMD Opteron processor, which will help satisfy our customers'
need for high performance processing and low power consumption." -Etay Lee,
General Manager of Network and Communication Business Unit, GIGABYTE

    HPC Systems, Inc.

    "With customer-centric enhancements like Dual Dynamic Power
Management(TM) and AMD CoolCore(TM) technology, as well as core and cache
enhancements and a native multi-core architecture, Quad-Core AMD Opteron(TM)
processors help better address our customers' need for high levels of
performance in the same footprint. We primarily serve the scientific computing
and research community working on complex problems. The enhancements in the
new native Quad-Core AMD Opteron processors are definitely a big step forward
in meeting their needs - better performance without the need to revamp their
full data center infrastructure like power and cooling. Better performance,
out of the box. We are also very excited with the new standards in
performance-per-watt capabilities." -Kalyana Chadalavada, Director of Systems
Architecture, HPC Systems, Inc.

    Inventec Enterprise System Corp.

    "We are extremely excited to support the launch of the Quad-Core AMD
Opteron(TM) processor. We strive to build solutions based on leading
innovative and reliable technology, and by adding AMD's native quad-core
processor into our portfolio of offerings, we are able to significantly
broaden the choices available to our customers." -N.J. Lee, Sr. VP of Inventec
Enterprise System Corp.

    Microway, Inc.

    "The AMD Opteron(TM) processor is built from the ground up to directly
address the demands of the HPC market. Critical features of the processor,
like its integrated memory controller and HyperTransport(TM) technology,
provide it with a clear advantage over the front side bus-based architecture
that has dominated the x86 space for many years. AMD's latest innovation, a
native quad-core design with 4 cores on a single die, enables programs that
are not memory-bound to take full advantage of the additional processing
power. Programs that can dramatically improve in speed include floating point
intensive computations, like FFTs, which have high data re-use rates; SMP
applications that make frequent calls, including transaction-based business
applications; and programs that depend on byte code interpreters like JAVA to
carry the work load. Quad-Core AMD Opteron(TM) processors will change the face
of high performance computing." -Stephen Fried, President and CTO, Microway,
Inc.

    MSI

    "MSI is proud to maintain its strong relationship with AMD by supporting
the Quad-Core AMD Opteron(TM) processor launch with a series of new
motherboards targeted for the server market. The Quad-Core AMD Opteron
processor is designed to offer better performance in the same thermal
envelopes as the current generation of AMD Opteron processors. The new server
motherboards provide high performance, high stability and an increase in
overall product efficiency. MSI continues to drive technology leadership by
supporting the first native quad-core processor architecture in the x86-based
computing market." -Norman Tsai, Vice President of Enterprise Platform Product
Sales Division, MSI

    Novell

    "The strengths of the Quad-Core AMD Opteron(TM) processor mesh very well
with the capabilities of SUSE Linux Enterprise as Novell and AMD continue to
provide customers with innovative solutions at the front of the market. SUSE
Linux Enterprise Server 10 SP1 is the first production-level operating system
to support the enhanced virtualization feature of the Quad-Core AMD
Opteron(TM) processor, known as Rapid Virtualization Indexing, as we are again
one of the first Linux vendors to embrace the newest technologies offered by
AMD." -Roger Levy, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Open Platform
Solutions, Novell

    NVIDIA

    "We are proud to support the release of AMD's Quad-Core AMD Opteron(TM)
processors, a breakthrough native quad-core architecture that continues AMD's
tradition of energy efficiency and performance. Quad-Core AMD Opteron(TM)
processors combined with NVIDIA nForce Professional 3000-family MCP products
will deliver exceptional performance and stability for the most demanding
server and workstation applications." -Manoj Gujral, General Manager,
Professional MCP Business, NVIDIA

    Oracle

    "Our customers look to Oracle and AMD for technology solutions that lower
their total cost of ownership. Based on everything we've seen, the new
Quad-Core AMD Opteron(TM) processor will play a major role in helping
customers achieve their objective of lowering TCO." -Charles Phillips,
President, Oracle Corporation

    PathScale

    "Over the past four years, AMD and PathScale have collaborated around
several common strengths; 64-bit multi-core scalability, outstanding memory
bandwidth utilization and optimal settings for a growing array of leading-edge
AMD specific architectural features. The PathScale Compiler Suite provides
software developers with excellent performance on AMD processors and reduced
development time due to outstanding GNU compatibility. In this way, we help
our system partners and developers with real-world code to realize the
enormous potential in this newest Quad-Core AMD Opteron(TM) processor."
-Duncan Poole, Director of Product Marketing, PathScale

    PSSC Labs

    "PSSC Labs is pleased to incorporate Quad-Core AMD Opteron(TM) processors
in all of our product lines including our PowerWulf Clusters, servers and
workstations. AMD's new native quad-core processor offers a tremendous amount
of computing power in a very small foot print." -Alex Lesser, Vice President,
PSSC Labs

    Rackable Systems

    "As one of the world's leading providers of AMD processor-based server
solutions, Rackable Systems is pleased to offer this next generation of AMD64
technology to our customers. Our award-winning, build-to-order AMD Opteron(TM)
processor-based servers enable us to optimize system performance, expand
compute density and offer industry-leading performance per watt to our
customers at exceptional prices." -Mark J. Barrenechea, President and Chief
Executive Officer, Rackable Systems

    Rackspace Managed Hosting

    "We've found that AMD Opteron(TM) processors are an incredibly reliable
platform for customers with multi-threaded applications or heavy database
usage. Quad-Core AMD Opteron(TM) processors coincide directly with our
GreenSpace initiative of lowering power consumption, which in turn delivers
great cost benefits to us that we can ultimately pass on to customers. It is
apparent that the processor was designed with virtualization in mind,
delivering near native performance on virtualized applications and greatly
improving virtualized application performance by allowing virtual machines to
manage memory more efficiently." -Nicolas Keller, Director of Platform
Products, Rackspace Managed Hosting

    Red Hat

    "Customers running Red Hat Enterprise Linux Advanced Platform with the
included Red Hat Integrated Virtualization for their server environments will
greatly benefit from the new Quad-Core AMD Opteron(TM) processors with AMD
Virtualization technology. Our testing has demonstrated performance
improvements of up to 4 times over earlier virtualized systems due to the
benefits of AMD VirtualizationTM with Rapid Virtualization Indexing and
optimized drivers. It is clear that now is the time to update your server
farms to the latest quad-core AMD based systems running the latest Red Hat
Enterprise Linux software." -Scott Crenshaw, Vice President of Red Hat
Enterprise Linux Line of Business, Red Hat

    Silicon Mechanics

    "With enhanced performance and innovative power management capabilities
such as AMD's Dual Dynamic Power Management(TM), our customers are eager to
realize the benefits of our solutions powered by AMD's first native quad-core
processor. Since Quad-Core AMD Opteron(TM) processors operate within the same
power and thermal envelopes as dual-core AMD Opteron processors, customers can
benefit from quad-core technology without compromising power consumption. It's
an exciting upgrade that can increase capabilities without altering datacenter
infrastructure." -Dave Bryan, President, Silicon Mechanics

    Sun Microsystems

    "Sun has a long history of providing solutions that define innovation.
The free and open Solaris 10 Operating System is leveraging more than 20 years
of SMP expertise - with 64-bit computing since 1998 - and will offer
exceptional computing performance, security and virtualization capabilities on
AMD Opteron(TM) processor-based systems ranging from single cores to 32-cores
and beyond." -Marc Hamilton, Vice President of Solaris Marketing, Sun
Microsystems

    Supermicro

    "Our quad-core A+ solutions deliver great value to customers in all
segments of the server and workstation marketplace. With a comprehensive
selection of high-quality Server Building Block Solutions to choose from,
Supermicro offers truly application-optimized Quad-Core AMD Opteron(TM)
processor-based platforms. The leading system-level power efficiency of our
cutting-edge server designs enables us to offer earth-friendly solutions with
exceptional performance-per-watt capabilities that empower customers to grow,
adapt and scale as their business demands evolve." -Alex Hsu, Chief Sales and
Marketing Officer, Supermicro

    SWsoft

    "The combination of AMD's powerful, energy-efficient Quad-Core AMD
Opteron(TM) processors with the superior density and easy manageability of our
Virtuozzo operating system server virtualization software is a true 'green IT'
solution. As a solution that enables dozens to hundreds of containers to
immediately and automatically leverage AMD's native quad-core hardware,
Virtuozzo enables exceptional datacenter efficiency from administrative, ROI,
and energy-consumption perspectives. We're thrilled to work with AMD to offer
a solution in which businesses, IT managers, and the environment all come out
winners." -Serguei Beloussov, Chief Executive Officer, SWsoft

    Tyan Computer

    "Since the release of the Second-Generation AMD Opteron(TM) processor,
Tyan's Thunder, Tomcat and Transport branded products have realized the
benefits of AMD's industry-leading AMD64 technology to provide server
infrastructures with energy efficiency, remarkable performance and system
virtualization. This is an exciting day for our customers, as they can now
experience the significant increase in processing power and performance
output, that we expect from the Quad-Core AMD Opteron(TM) processor, without
dramatic upgrade requirements." -Ryan Yang, Vice President, Tyan Computer

    Uniwide Technologies

    "Uniwide Technologies is proud to announce our new platforms, the 1512
and 1514 barebone series. These 1U, 1P solutions will be powered by Quad-Core
AMD Opteron(TM) 2300 Series processors. Uniwide Technologies is mainly a
provider of 2P and 4P enterprise solutions, and this is the first time we have
developed a 1P solution. We truly believe in and support Quad-Core AMD Opteron
processors with their superior technology, 128-bit SSE floating point
capabilities per core, a new, 2MB high-speed L3 cache, and dynamic power
management capabilities. Combined with our experience with 8 DIMMs per CPU
technology, we believe our new Quad-Core AMD Opteron processor-powered
platforms will provide high performance with low power usage to help keep
infrastructure costs down." -Daniel Kim, CEO, Uniwide Technologies

    Verari Systems

    "With its unrivaled power efficiency and computing density, our
environmentally responsible architecture and patented Vertical Cooling
Technology(TM) has been enabling the green data center for years. The addition
of Quad-Core AMD Opteron(TM) processors to our line-up is providing our
customers with the ability to increase overall performance while optimizing
energy consumption." -David B. Wright, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of
the Board, Verari Systems

    Virtual Iron

    "We are pleased to support the launch of the Quad-Core AMD Opteron(TM)
processor, including their Rapid Virtualization Indexing capabilities, in
Virtual Iron Version 4. With its native quad-core architecture, simple plug-in
upgrade and improved performance-per-watt, combined with our enterprise class
capabilities and performance supporting the most advanced, policy-based use
cases like HA and data center load balancing, our many joint customers will
immediately benefit from this next generation AMD Opteron(TM) processor
platform." -Mike Grandinetti, Chief Marketing Officer, Virtual Iron

    VMware

    "We see multi-core capabilities in the Quad-Core AMD OpteronTM processor
as a perfect fit for virtualization. The Rapid Virtualization Indexing feature
of AMD's Direct Connect Architecture enhances this combination by smoothing
out the performance profile across many workloads." -Dr. Stephen Herrod, Vice
President of Technology Development, VMware

    Western Scientific

    "We are extremely excited to leverage Quad-Core AMD Opteron(TM)
processors in our arsenal of solutions aimed at accelerating innovation and
driving down IT costs. Our #27110

    customers have greatly benefited from the advanced feature set and
industry leading performance-per-watt of AMD64 technology, and we believe
Quad-Core AMD Opteron processors usher in a new level of high-performing,
energy-efficient computing." -Doug Johnson, Vice President, Western Scientific

    XenSource

    "The Quad-Core AMD Opteron(TM) processor is ideally suited to
virtualization workloads. We believe that AMD's Rapid Virtualization Indexing
technology will help to reduce the remaining overhead of virtualization, and
are pleased to offer support for this technology in XenEnterprise v4,
XenSource's flagship virtualization platform, shipping today to customers
worldwide." -Simon Crosby, Chief Technology Officer, XenSource

    ZT Systems

    "ZT Systems is pleased to collaborate with AMD on the launch of this
groundbreaking new native quad-core server technology. Quad-Core AMD
Opteron(TM) processors provide a leading-edge solution that further expands
our server offering and capabilities for providing ultra high-density,
energy-efficient solutions. Our data center customers will be able to benefit
from the highest level of performance-per-watt within our cost effective,
custom solutions. As an AMD Platinum Solution Provider, we see native
quad-core solutions as a large part of our expansive growth into the x86
server market." -Rick Garian, Vice President of Business Development and
Strategy, ZT Systems

    (1) The comparison presented above is based on SPECint_rate2006 and
SPECfp_rate2006 tests of the Dual-Core AMD Opteron processor Model 2222
against results for the Quad-Core AMD Opteron processor Model 2350 under
submission to SPEC as of Sep 6, 2007. For the latest results, visit
http://www.spec.org/cpu2006/results/. SPEC and the benchmark names SPECint and
SPECfp are registered trademarks of the Standard Performance Evaluation
Corporation. Competitive benchmark results stated above reflect results
published on www.spec.org as of Sep 6, 2007.

    (2) Based on Q207 IDC worldwide server tracker results

    (3) EPA report to Congress on Server and Data Center Energy Efficiency -
Aug 2, 2007 -
http://www.energystar.gov/ia/partners/prod_development/downloads/EPA_
Datacenter_Report_Congress_Final1.pdf (Due to the length of this URL it may
need to be copied and pasted into your browser).

    (4) An AMD innovation first introduced to x86 processors with the AMD
Opteron processor in April 2003.




For further information:

For further information: AMD Public Relations Marian Kelley,
512-602-7712 (PR) marian.kelley@amd.com or Mike Haase, 408-749-3124 (IR)
mike.haase@amd.com or Ruth Cotter, 408-749-3887 (IR) ruth.cotter@amd.com

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